Orchestra Victoria


The Australian Ballet

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Amy Harris, Benedicte Bemet, Dimity Azoury
Photo Simon Eeles

A Balanchine masterpiece

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  • Melbourne

    29 June – 8 July 2023

    State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne

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Dimity Azoury
Photo Simon Eeles

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Benedicte Bemet
Photo Simon Eeles

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Amy Harris
Photo Simon Eeles

George Balanchine’s Jewels is a three-part ballet celebrating his vision of three jewels. Visually and thematically structured around the motifs of Emeralds, Rubies and Diamonds, the piece explores the idea of movement radiating from the body through each specific jewel.

Making its world premiere at New York City Ballet in 1967, Jewels showcases Balanchine’s atmospheric musicality. These contrasting works explore his time in Paris, New York and St Petersburg through the harmony of music and the defining visual elements of colour, shape and silhouette. Each of the three acts is distinct in style and mood, set to music by three different composers: Fauré for Emeralds, Stravinsky for Rubies, Tchaikovsky for Diamonds. Opulent costumes and sets unify each of the three sections to achieve one regal whole, which will showcase the breathtaking classical precision of The Australian Ballet’s artists.

A mesmerising spectacle that is both soft and sharp, racy and refined, flashy and majestic, Jewels is a lavish work capturing the company’s celebratory spirit in its milestone 60th anniversary year.

Jewels has been entirely funded by the generous donors of The David Hallberg Fund.

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Amy Harris, Benedicte Bemet, Dimity Azoury
Photo Simon Eeles

Production credits

Choreography George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Music Gabriel Fauré, Igor Stravinsky, Piotr Ilyich Tschaikovsky
Costume design
Barbara Karinska
Set design
Peter Harvey
Sandra Jennings
Original lighting design
Ronald Bates, reproduced in 2023 by Perry Silvey

The performance of Jewels, a Balanchine® Ballet, is presented by arrangement with The George Balanchine Trust and has been produced in accordance with the Balanchine Style® and Balanchine Technique® Service standards established and provided by the Trust.